27 schools in debate fiesta

Bridge Reporter
\nFAMILY SUPPORT TRUST in partnership with the National Aids Council and Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education facilitated debate competitions which saw 27 High Schools and Colleges in Chitungwiza. Over 350 students came from the 27 schools to support and cheer their representatives who were participation in the debate.

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Other partners also included Young Africa We care and Young Advocacy Zimbabwe who partnered for a worthy cause to educate the young people on different issues that concern them in their day to day living. The debate was centred on different topics themed around child sexual abuse, child marriages, stigma, discrimination, unemployment, physical abuse, peer pressure and emotional abuse.

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The students managed to pronounce the effects of child marriages and sexual abuse during their presentations and these included child mortality and morbidity, maternal mortality, uneducated children, sexual assault, gender based violence, prostitution and HIV and Aids.

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The popularly articulated causes of early involvement in sex during the debates were social media, technology, peer pressure, cultural and religious practices.

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It was an opportunity which allowed the students to show how knowledgeable they are with issues of child marriages and sexual abuse and how eloquent they are about issues that concern them. Prices were composed of different stationery packs with branded satchels, branded pens, counter books, mathematical sets and T-Shirts

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Speaking at the Event, Guest of Honour, Nyatsime College Principal, Mr Maone Veremu encouraged the students to make wise decisions and desist from the issues that lead to child marriages.

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“As young children let us make wise decisions and be able to listen to our parents when they tell us to desist from bad practices. If you are forced into a marriage have your own decision because you know the right thing. Desist from money and material things that come through mischievous means,” he said.

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Mr Veremu added that the students should not expect any solution to come from anyone but to come from among them. He also urged the students to be watchful of the modern technology as it has its own effects.

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“While it is good to embrace technology, not everything that comes with technology is good,” he said.

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WINNERS
\nGirls category

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1st Prize — Janet Gondo (Seke High 1)
\n2nd Prize — Rutendo Munyama (Band P Study Centre)
\n3rd Prize — Sheila Makoni
\nBoys Category
\nLiam Kanhenga (Zengeza 1 High)
\nTinaishe Gurupira (Boyance College)
\nJean Claude (Seke 3 High)

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